Cold Soups for Warm Days

The thought of a cold soup may seem very appetizing on a warm day when your appetite is lower than usual. However, no matter what your opinion, I hope to peak your interest by sharing how beneficial cold fruit and vegetable soups can be. Most people know that juicing has tremendous health benefits. Juicing is touted for detoxification and cleansing, weight loss, lower blood lipids and sugars, skin purification, increased energy, and more clear thinking. Juicing is amazing because your body is being cleansed with mega doses of vitamins, minerals and phyto-rich antioxidants with no added fats, sugars, and sodium-based preservatives to weigh it down. With juicing, however, you miss a very important part of the fruits and vegetables that helps to keep you full; and that is fiber. Therefore juicing, while tremendously beneficial, can leave you a little less than satisfied on the hunger scale.

Fruit and vegetable soups, on the other hand, provide all of the same health benefits as juices with a more satisfying feel. And, with protein additions such as Greek yogurt or bone broth, you have a complete meal. Also, you can enjoy several meals from one batch of soup making it more convenient. With summer approaching, and the gardens beginning to bud, why don’t you put a new spin on fruits and vegetables with these delicious antioxidant-rich soups? And, don’t forget to look for recipes with anti-inflammatory additions like ginger and turmeric. The more often you enjoy meals like these the more improvements you will see in your…

  • body weight
  • skin
  • energy
  • inflammation
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • blood sugars
  • mental focus
  • sleep

These soups can be enjoyed any time of day as a meal or a snack. They take time to consume as all soups do, yet they are very low in calories and that will help you to lose weight. By the time you finish a bowl, your brain has had time to tell your tummy it is full! I highly recommend adding Pacific Bone Broth to fitting recipes in order to complete your meal with collagen protein. Build up your desire for wonderful meals like these soups by remembering with each heavenly spoonful how very good it is for you and how much you deserve something truly good in your life!

The following soups are rich in cancer-fighting beta carotene. Also good for the skin and eyes!

Bon Appétit, my friends!

 

Cold Carrot Soup with Jalapeno Coconut Milk

Ingredients For the Soup

  • 1 cup shallots, diced (approx. 2 large shallots)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 cups carrots, peeled and thinly sliced (approx. 2 pounds)
  • 4 cups Pacific Bone Stock, Chicken or Turkey
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (approx. 1/2 can)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (1 lime)
  • 1 tsp lime zest (1 lime)

For the Jalapeno Coconut Milk Garnish

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (approx. 1/2 can)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced

Instructions For the Soup

1. In a large sauce pan, sauté the shallots, cumin, salt, and pepper in the olive oil over low heat until shallots have softened.

2. Add carrots and broth. Increase heat and allow mixture to simmer for 25 minutes, or until carrots have softened.

3. Remove from heat and add coconut milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Blend or puree the mixture until very smooth.

4. Allow soup to chill in refrigerator overnight.

For the Jalapeno Coconut Milk Garnish

5. Combine the coconut milk and diced jalapeno. Store in refrigerator overnight.

6. Prior to serving, place a dollop of the Jalapeno Coconut Milk Garnish in center of each bowl.

7. Sprinkle freshly cut chives on top (optional).

8. Serve cold.

Cold Carrot Soup with Jalapeno Coconut Milk

 

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe, cut into chunks
  • ⅓ cup plain, non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon honey, plus more to garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients except basil into food processor and pulse until blended well.

2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

3. **NOTE: Cantaloupes and their sweetness are always an uncertainty so check before removing from food processor for taste and add more honey if needed.

4. Garnish with basil and a drizzle of honey if desired.

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